12 Selfie Tips You Can Learn From Animals

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Taking a perfect selfie is difficult.  Between the angle, filters, lighting and endless facial expressions you can make, it can be tough to hone each variable for the ideal photograph. Before throwing your phone in frustration, take a tip from the animal kingdom. You don’t need opposable thumbs to take a selfie, and these creatures are here to prove it.

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What Birds Can Teach Us About Aging Gracefully

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Most animals don’t live long enough to experience the debilitating effects of old age. But some critters survive for decades, and one in particular, the thick-billed murre, manages to grow old without losing its physical prowess, scientists have found.  The research could shed new light on the aging process in other wildlife—and perhaps in primates such as humans.  The murre inhabits the far northern reaches of the globe and spends as much time in Arctic waters as it does in the air, diving to depths of 300 feet or more and swim through the sea to hunt fish and other prey. Murres can live 25 years or more, and while scientists from Canada and France discovered that the birds do slow down with age, they don’t lose their diving ability.

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Just Three Years

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For years we’ve been hearing reports of elephant poaching in Africa, but a new study has put a number on the problem. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers slaughtered 100,000 pachyderms across the continent.The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to scientifically measure the number of elephants killed across Africa. Researchers counted killings in a Kenyan park and used other data to estimate deaths in other regions. They found that the percentage of elephants killed illegally has increased from 25 percent of all pachyderm deaths 10 years ago to about 65 percent today.

 

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What Are Animals Thinking?

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The mind of an animal is a far richer, more complex thing than most people know — as a new TIME book reveals. Let’s be honest, you’d probably rather die than wake up tomorrow morning and find out you’d turned into an animal. Dying, after all, is inevitable, and there’s even a certain dignity to it: Shakespeare did it, Einstein did it, Galileo and Washington and Twain all did it. And you, someone who was born a human and will live your life as a human, will end your life that way too.

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17 Baby Elephants Learning How To Use Their Trunks

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“What the heck is this thing on my face??”

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Video: Friendly Seal Hangs Out With Surfers

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Surf’s up, seals.  When something unknown touches your leg in the ocean, the worst possible scenario comes to mind. But when a gentle nudge grazed Andrew Flounders’ foot while surfing in Northumberland, United Kingdom, it was just a playful seal that wanted to join in on the fun.

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Video: Excited Dog Faints After Reunion

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Nothing can match the love of a devoted dog.  This cute pup was overwhelmed with joy after seeing her owner for the first time in two years — so excited, in fact, that she briefly passed out like a teenager seeing the Beatles in the ’60s.  Don’t worry, though; the dog’s owner, Rebecca Ehalt, says that the dog was checked out by a vet and is completely fine.

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